A Visit to Eli’s Cheesecake World in Chicago + Giveaway!

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I enjoyed many fabulous events during my visit to Chicago this July, but one experience that will stay with me for a long time was a visit to Eli’s Cheesecake World with my friends Jenni from Sweet Pennies from Heaven, Becky from The Mommy Islands and Amanda from The Kids Did It.  It was a beautiful day(the weather was perfect!) as we left the Sheraton for the suburbs of Chicago.

We arrived at Eli’s Cheesecake World and met with the VP of Marketing, Debbie and had a chance to learn about the company and sample some cheesecake! We learned that Eli’s uses 4 million pounds of cream cheese, 500,000 pounds of eggs, 250,000 pounds of butter, and 13,000 pounds of Bourbon vanilla each year.


Eli's Cheesecake


And Eli’s basic cheesecake is amazing! It’s simply made with a combination of the best quality slow-cultured cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, Madagascar vanilla beans and whole eggs. The crust is an all-butter shortbread cookie! (LOVE the crust!) And so many different flavors originate with this recipe. Next time I order, I’m going to get the Eli’s Original Favorites Sampler. Perfect for the holidays.

We were asked to sample a mystery cheesecake flavor and come up with a name. I hadn’t even had coffee yet, so my creative juice had yet to flow. I was hoping my cohorts would come up with something brilliant. This cheesecake was a creamy concoction with pistachios and a hint of sweetness. Our unoriginal ideas were along the lines of Honey Nut Cheesecake — nowhere as good as the official name of Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake with Pistachios, just one of their new flavors.


Eli's Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake with Pistachios


We learned that the honey is harvested from wildflowers by the students from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The cheesecake is made from a blend of cream cheese with added ricotta – this makes it a bit less sweet than you would expect in a cheesecake.

Debbie told us about how it all started —  In the 1970’s Eli Schulman created a cheesecake that his restaurant customers loved. He showed off his creation at the 1980 “Taste of Chicago” food festival. From there, it’s grown from a local favorite to the large specialty cheesecake bakery it is today. Eli’s Cheesecake is still a family-owned business and has provided desserts around the world and the famous dessert was even served at President Obama’s Inaugural Commander-in-Chief’s Ball in 2009.


Eli's Cheesecake World Tour


After donning our couture protective gear, we were set loose in the factory! When I spied the conveyor belt full of cheesecakes being decorated by the crew, I had visions of Lucy and Ethel at the candy factory!


Eli's Cheesecake World factory


But sadly, it was not to be. Instead we were invited to decorate our own cheesecakes that would be shipped home! Yay, cheesecake!

I went a bit crazy with the frosting (even “borrowing” some from unattended pastry bags ;) ) I received my penance in the form of a dented cake — courtesy of my husband’s hurried attempt to remove it from the shipping carton. Lesson learned.  :(

Still tasted great!


Eli's Cheesecake World Tour


So, how would you like your very own Eli’s Cheesecake delivered to your door? Eli’s Cheesecakes can be ordered online here.  

Or visit Eli’s Cheesecake  in Chicago!

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  1. Why yes I would love a piece of cheese cake.

  2. the Burnt Carmel Flan cheesecake sounds HEAVENLY. Oh yum Cheesecake is SO my weakness. :)

  3. They all look delish, but anything with chocolate at our house is a winner!

  4. I would LOVE to try the cinnamon roll streusel cheesecake. It looks heavenly!

  5. OH.MY.GOSH. Those look delicious! Do I have to choose just one? Maybe the cinnamon one or the Ghiradelli chocolate one, the flan one…..hmmmm

  6. Cathy French says:

    the key lime makes my mouth water….what an awesome site, will definately be ordering one of these soon

  7. I really want the Cheesecake Couture Sampler, it has al the flavors i want to try Blood Orange Champagne, Wild Honey, Burnt Caramel Flan, and Saigon Cinnamon!

  8. That was SUCH fun!!! I loved the trip to Eli’s Cheesecake! Great recap post by the way! :)

  9. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Chocolate Chip Flavor, Although All The Flavors Look Delish!

  10. I love all cheesecake but the honey mediterrenean looks soo good!

  11. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake makes this pregnant mama very hungry

  12. Belgian Chocolate Hazelnut!

  13. Yolanda Flores says:

    Chocolate chip is my favorite

  14. Jeccica Simpson says:

    The Wisconsin ricotta cheese, cultured cream cheese and pure Madagascar vanilla make Eli’s take on this Italian favorite light and fresh tasting looks sooo good, thanks for a chance!

  15. ANY of them! But PB&C is always a winner!

  16. Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake with pistachios sounds amazing!! :)

  17. Debbie Welchert says:

    The Totally Turtle Cheesecake really makes my mouth water.

  18. The totally turtle cheesecake!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  19. Matthew S says:

    Key Lime makes my mouth water!

  20. Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake definitely has my mouth watering, but they all look delicious!!! =)

  21. What flavor’s not to love when it comes to cheesecake? Seriously. =)

  22. Yum! So glad we went and had a great time. My cake looked better than yours! :P

  23. Rachel Byrne says:

    OMG, the Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake with Pistachios sounds SOOOOOOOOOO good!

  24. Jayme Jordan says:

    The red velvet cheesecake!

  25. still looked beautiful– love them all especially the chocolate cARAMEL

  26. That is a lot of Bourbon vanilla. I want it all. I love baking with vanilla. And did they have a coffee flavored cheesecake? That sounds good to me.

  27. My family are huge fans of Eli’s Cheesecakes and we’ve had them before so we know how GOOD they are — the best Cheesecake I’ve ever tasted for sure!

    The Eli’s Candy Cookie Crunch Cheesecake Sampler sounds the most delicious of all.

  28. Christina Graham says:

    Mmmmmm…the Blackerry Sourcream and the Bavarian Apple Tart. My tummy is growling!

  29. Melissa H says:

    Oh, I have no clue how to choose!! I want that Apple Bavarian Tart, but since I have to choose a cheesecake flavor, I think that the Cinnamon Roll Streusel sounds the best.

  30. Heather Swarthout says:

    Peanut Butter Cheesecake made with Reeses!

  31. Their Turtle Cheesecake – it’s AMAZING!

  32. Omg! You want me to pick one?! lol, I’d have to go with (all) the ‘Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake’